The Burden of Proof
QualiaSoup provides an excellent overview of the burden of proof, and how logical, reasoned, debates are to be conducted with respect to supernatural claims.
Supernatural claims that have thrived historically by submerging themselves in mystery are now more than ever, in the information age, being fished out into the glare of rigorous inquiry and they’re suffering in their new alien environment. Their old tricks are not so effective on the more critical modern mind. Booming threats don’t coward us into obedience as in days gone by; too many of us know what’s going on behind the curtain. In greater, and greater numbers, we’re outgrowing the long intellectual stagnation of human kinds superstitious adolescence, and we’re exposing supernatural claims that have bluffed and bullied their way into a position of unearned respect. They deserve no reverence and should be processed with no more ceremony than any other claim.